Premier League leaders Leicester City have the character and spirit to put Saturday’s loss to Liverpool behind them in their next game against Manchester City, defender Danny Simpson has said.The Foxes were beaten 1-0 at Anfield to record only their second loss of this season that snapped their unbeaten 10-game run in the league.“It was tough, but it has been a tough few weeks,” Simpson told the club website (www.lcfc.com). “We know we will pick ourselves up. We are an honest bunch, we will look at it and we will react in the right way against Manchester City.“It is a setback but we will bounce back. We have got a great team with great characters and great spirit. We have got (Manchester) City at home now and with our fans, we will get straight at them.”Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has also asked his players to “clear their minds” after the Liverpool loss and take the positives from the game.“It was a good lesson,” he told the club website. “We showed good shape, we defended well and closed the space well, but we need to improve when we want to go straight away and score the goal.”Leicester still head the table after 18 games and face third placed Manchester City, who are just three points behind, on Tuesday.
Madagascar’s election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the island’s environment and wildlife, says a prominent conservation scientist.In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar chooses former president Andry Rajoelina, the country’s dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault.Under Rajoelina’s previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascar’s forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged.Laurance contrasts Rajoelina with his opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, who was lauded by conservationists during his tenure for expanding protected areas, banning commercial logging, and taking steps to reduce deforestation. Madagascar’s election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the island’s environment and wildlife — and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector — says a prominent conservation scientist.In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the country’s dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault.Under Rajoelina’s previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascar’s forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: “Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace,” writes Laurance.A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successor’s Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascar’s lemurs classified as as either “endangered” or “critically endangered”, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the island’s biggest attractions for nature tourists.“We can see Rajoelina’s predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record,” writes Laurance. “One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness.”“Appallingly, one of Rajoelina’s first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree,” he continues. “The illicit trade flourished: after a year of Rajoelina’s presidency, illegal logging led to the Atsinanana, a region of eastern Madagascar containing the Betampona and Mangerivola nature reserves, being placed on the ‘List of World Heritage in Danger.’”Rainforests in Eastern Madagascar were ransacked during Rajoelina’s presidency for rosewood and other hardwoods.Laurance contrasts Rajoelina with his opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, who was lauded by conservationists during his tenure for expanding protected areas, banning commercial logging, and taking steps to reduce deforestation.“Rajoelina’s opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, is less than perfect on the environment, but next to Rajoelina he looks like a battle-hardened eco-activist,” Laurance writes. “From an environmental perspective, then, the rest of the world can only cheer for one candidate in Madagascar.” Article published by Rhett Butler Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Illegal Logging, Lemurs, Logging, Rainforests, Rosewood, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
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0Shares0000Cheslin Kolbe scored twice as South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a third time © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENPARIS, France, Nov 25 – World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe said on Monday he would love to win the Olympic rugby sevens gold medal at Tokyo 2020 after he capped off an impressive year clinching the Top 14 player of the season award.Kolbe, 26, lifted the Webb Ellis trophy with the Springboks earlier this month as well as the Rugby Championship in August after having helped his club Toulouse to the French domestic title in June. “There are two more things I would still love to achieve and that’s probably winning the European Champions Cup and hopefully the Olympics with South Africa,” he said after the awards ceremony in Paris.“I will keep on working hard and if there’s a door that opens or an opportunity that comes my way I’ll just make sure that I’m ready for whatever opportunities,” he added.The Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist said he was yet to speak with Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell or other officials about re-joining the sevan-a-side set-up.“I haven’t discussed it in person with SA Rugby. It’s something I would love to be a part of,”“It’s another big event. It’s probably one of the biggest stages of rugby or sport. If it does it happen, it happens,” he added.He made his international debut after joining Toulouse in 2017 and scored six tries in 16 league appearances before Ugo Mola’s side lifted the Bouclier de Brennus for a record-extending 20th time at the Stade de France.“It’s been a phenomenal season, not just for me but for my club and for my country, winning the Top 14, The Rugby Championship and then World Cup in one year I’m really blessed,” Kolbe said.“I couldn’t have done this without all my team-mates. I give credit to all of them because if they didn’t create opportunities for me as a winger to finish off I wouldn’t be standing here now,” he added.– Hat-trick for Kolbe –South Africa Cheslin Kolbe won a bronze medal at the Rio Games after beating Japan © AFP/File / PHILIPPE LOPEZKolbe also won the award for the best Top 14 player at the World Cup, beating Fiji’s Semi Radradra and France’s Damian Penaud as well as winning the award for the try of the campaign.Clermont’s Penaud took the prize for the France international after ‘Les Bleus’ were knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals.Lyon’s 21-year-old centre Pierre-Louis Barassi, who made his Test debut during the tournament in Japan, won the young player of the season award.Bayonne scrum-half Pauline Bourdon won the women’s player of the season award as France beat New Zealand’s Black Ferns for the first time.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)
If it didn’t, Starbucks and Whole Foods would not exist. There wouldn’t be enough people who can afford $3 for a cup of coffee or $2.69 a pound for free-range organic chicken. But the operative word here is “some.” It’s time for Joseph Vineyard, the trendy guy who eats free-range chicken, to meet Joe Six-Pack. If you look at the averages, the statistics give a simple message: Hard work does not equate to economic progress. It hasn’t for decades. We may need hard work to keep body and soul together (not to mention pay the Visa bill), but average-worker paychecks clearly show that inflation continues to trump wage gains for most American workers. This is not a recent problem. Twenty years ago I wrote a column titled “The Coming War Between Generations.” It showed that the average worker had lost ground to inflation from 1970 to 1987. The same worker was also losing ground to retirees because the average retiree Social Security benefit also was rising faster than workers’ wages. Since workers pay the bills for Social Security recipients, that’s not a healthy situation. On this glorious Labor Day weekend I’d like to say a few words about the futility of work. I’m serious. Take a look around. Today, we’re all 24/7, strutting with Blackberries and Bluetooth, miles from the long-lost desk and office, not to mention home. At the risk of being rude, I’m wondering if all this frenzied effort pays off. We know it does for some. The situation got worse over the next nine years. Workers’ wages grew slower than inflation in all but one of the nine years from 1988 to 1996, sometimes by a lot. In 1990, for instance, workers’ wages rose 3.3 percent, but the rate of inflation was 5.4 percent. And, again, the average retiree’s Social Security check grew faster than the average worker’s paycheck in seven of the same nine years. (Workers did better than retirees in two years, 1994 and 1996.) Surely the past 10 years have been better, right? Yes, but only slightly. The percentage of increase in the average worker’s wages has been larger than the percentage of increase in the average retiree’s benefit check in all but two of the past 10 years, 2004 and 2005. When it comes to the battle against inflation, the score isn’t quite so good. Inflation has trumped wage gains in four of the past 10 years – 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Unfortunately, that isn’t the end of the story. Both workers and retirees have the cost of health insurance deducted from their paychecks. Medicare premiums are subtracted from the paychecks of retirees. Medicare part B premiums rose more than 100 percent from 1997 to 2006, soaring from $43.80 a month to $88.50. (Today, they range from $93.50 to $162.10, depending on your household income.) Workers had a similar experience with private insurance. In 1997 the average worker earned $431.86 a week. By June 2007 the average worker paycheck was $589.52 a week, an increase of 36.5 percent. During the same period, inflation took 33.7 percent of all wage gains. That leaves a real gain of about 1.8 percent, or $10.61 a week. How much do you want to bet that all of that gain, and then some, has gone to higher health insurance premiums and higher co-pays? I’m confident that the after-health-insurance income of workers and retirees has declined during the past 10 years. Indeed, it probably hasn’t improved in a generation. That’s a long time to push a rock up a hill, only to have it roll back down. That’s why Joseph Vineyard needs to start thinking about Joe Six-Pack. So far, Joe has coped quite well. If old enough, he has retired and enjoyed a tax-free check that rises faster than his old paycheck most of the time. That’s a lot better than working, and it tells us a lot about why people retire at 62. If younger, he has refinanced his house to provide the spending power he couldn’t find in his paycheck, no matter how hard he worked. But the easy borrowed money just ended for everyone. What does it all mean? Simple. We face two fundamental issues: health care costs and average paychecks. Until one goes down and the other goes up, we’ve got a problem. Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 505-424-0938. Check the Web site: www.scottburns.com. Questions of general interest will be answered in future columns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ever been curious as to the figures that football’s middle-men negotiate? Well, all has been revealed.Forbes have released a list of the most powerful football agents in the world, right now, with Jorge Mendes – representative of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo – unsurprisingly among them.The agent of Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett, also features on the list, while the most powerful middle-man in the Bundesliga has been named.Take a look at the seven highest-earning football agents in the world by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 7 7. Thomas Kroth has earned $22.4m (£14.7m) and counts Manuel Neuer as a client – to see more, click the yellow arrow above – Forbes have released a list of the wealthiest football agents in the world in 2015 and here, talkSPORT looks at the top seven. Other clients of Kroth include Aleksander Dragovic and Shinji Kagawa, while he has also negotiated £224.2m (£147.2m) in active contracts. 4. Jose Otin has earned $29.3m (£19.2m) and counts Pedro as a client – Other clients include Viotla, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, Jesus Navas and Raul Garcia Otin has also negotiated $293.4m (£192.6m) in active contracts. 6. Fernando Felicevic has earned $22.8m (£15m) and counts Alexis Sanchez as a client – Other clients include Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo Felicevic has also negotiated £227.7m (£149.4m) in active contracts. getty 7 5. Mino Raiola has earned $28.6m (£18.8m) and counts Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a client – Other clients include Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli Raiola has also negotiated £285.7m (£187.6m) in active contracts. 7 1. Jorge Mendes has earned $95.6million (£62.7m) and counts Cristiano Ronaldo as a client – Other clients include Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Angel Di Maria Mendes has also negotiated $956.4m (£627.7m) in active contracts. 7 2. Jonathan Barnett (right) has earned $44m (£28.9m) and counts Gareth Bale as a client – Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, right, was outraged with Zidane’s comments – branding him a ‘disgrace’ 7 3. Volker Struth (far right) has earned $42.4m (£27.8m) and counts Toni Kroos as a client – Other clients include Marco Reus and Mario Gotze Struth has also negotiated $424m (£278m) in active contracts. 7 7
11 11 11 Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Rating = 94 Midfielder: Radja Nainggolan (Roma) – Rating = 88 Midfielder: Idrissa Gueye (Everton) – Rating = 84 Another week of brilliant football around Europe means another FIFA 17 Team of the Week.Several superstars across the continent put on stunning displays but only 11 can make it into the side released by EA Sports.So, which footballers who starred last weekend were given the honour of appearing in the team?Click the right arrow above to see who made it into FIFA 17 Team of the Week 24 and what their base rating is… Defender: Alex Sandro (Juventus) – Rating = 86 11 11 11 Defender: Nelsen Semedo (Benfica) – Rating = 84 Defender: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) – Rating = 81 11 Midfielder: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – Rating = 89 Midfielder: Marco Veratti (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 88 Goalkeeper: Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad) – Rating = 85 – Click the right arrow above to see who else made the FIFA 17 Team of the Week… 11 11 Midfielder: Memphis Depay (Lyon) – Rating = 85 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Rating = 90
Borer and co-defendant Arvel Jett Reeves admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his attorney, then Mark Geragos, as the pair traveled on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003, according to their plea agreements filed last year. Jackson was later found not guilty of the child molestation charges. Borer and Reeves each pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other charges – endeavoring to intercept oral communication and witness tampering – in a three-count indictment filed against them. Borer was the owner of XtraJet, which operated a Gulfstream jet that carried Jackson. Reeves was the owner of Chino-based Executive Aviation, which provided maintenance service for XtraJet’s aircraft fleet. Reeves was sentenced in July to eight months in prison and ordered to spend six additional months in a halfway house and pay a $1,000 fine. The former owner of a private jet company was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home detention and three years’ probation for secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. Jeffrey Borer also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and serve 150 hours of community service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Shallman. He received home detention from U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz instead of custody because of his wife’s health problems and her dependence on him as a caregiver, the prosecutor said. In court, the defense said Borer’s wife suffers from seizures and a physical condition that requires continual attention, Shallman said. “We think it’s a fair and reasonable sentencing in light of the criminal conduct and attempt to invade the privacy of another person for personal gain,” Shallman said. “The crime was not completed but he accepted personal responsibility for it, and the sentencing terms reflect that fact.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
latest on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error update LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK targets statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87.— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) December 7, 2019A statement on the club’s website on Saturday evening revealed players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect during Villa’s Premier League clash with Leicester on Sunday.“It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87.“He died earlier today, Saturday 7 December, at 3pm and his family have asked for their privacy to be respected at such a difficult time.“Widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever managers, he guided Villa to promotion in his first season in charge, lifted two League Cups and steered the club to a league championship in 1980/81.“Against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon, the players will wear black armbands and, as a mark of respect, we will be holding a period of applause to mark his outstanding contribution to Aston Villa.”Having arrived at the club in 1974 to replace Vic Crowe, Saunders began laying the foundations for success. He guided Villa to promotion from the Second Division, as well as a League Cup triumph in his first season.They won the League Cup again in 1977, but his crowning achievement was guiding the club to its first league title in 71 years when Villa were crowned First Division champions in 1981.It was a glorious period for the club, made more remarkable by the fact the league triumph was achieved using just 14 players in a 42-game season.However, disagreements with the board saw him resign in February 1982 when Villa were on course to win the European Cup.He took over at rivals Birmingham to leave Tony Barton to lead the club to victory in the European Cup final where Bayern Munich were beaten 1-0. 1 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The move was very controversial, but Saunders will always be remembered as a legend at Villa Park Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Aston Villa have announced that manager Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87.Saunders is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest managers and is best remembered for steering the club to the old Division One title in 1980/81. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti